Queensland Conservatorium alumnus Steven Moore has been knighted in Denmarkforhis contribution to the arts.

Steven, who is chorus master for the Royal Danish Opera,was made a RidderafDannebrogordenen(a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog),which isanhonour that dates back to1671.

Queen Margrethe presented him with the award at Copenhagen’sAmalienborgPalacelate last year — anhonourthat he describedassurreal.

Queensland Conservatorium graduate Steven Moore after receiving his knighthood at the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen

“I was bowled over,” he said.

“I never anticipated that after such a short time here in Denmark, Id be awarded such anhonour.

Steven is based in Copenhagen after more than a decade working with some of Europe’s top opera companies, including a stint at London’s Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.

“My dream was always to one day work at the Royal Opera House,” he said.

“That happened when I was 28, which was brilliant and very confidence building.

“I was working with the world’s top opera singers and conductors. I played in the orchestra, coached, played auditions, was repetiteur on many operas, assistant conductor, backstage conductor and ultimately, conductor as well.”

Steven said the Danish Royal Family, including Australian-born Crown Princess Mary,were great supporters of the arts.

“Queen Margrethe is aformercostume and fashion designer,” he said.

“A royal performance always has a special spark.

I love that the Queen sometimes just turns up, it isn’t always a special Premiere or Gala show, it could be a regular Thursday night, but if she wants to come, she does, and that says a lot about the importance of arts in Denmark.”

The Chorus Masterisgloballyrecognisedin his currentroleat the Royal Danish Opera. Thecompany wasrecently nominated for Best Opera Chorus at the International Opera Awards.

Copenhagen is a wonderful city to be in, and when I came to audition and heard the level of talent of the Royal Opera Chorus, I was genuinely excited,” he said.

I love watching the audience reaction to the power, drama and finesse that we create together.

Conductor Steven Moore has been based in Europe since graduating from Griffith University.

Stevencompleteda Graduate Diploma of Vocal Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith Universityin 2005.

I had always been a singer andthe Con felt like the best match for me,” he said.

Highlights would have to be the opera productions that I was involved inat the Con, includingPilgrim’s ProgressandThe Magic Flute.

That level of collaboration and stage performance experience whileI wasstill a student was fantastic.

Being a multi-faceted musician, I was also able to find ways to continue my other musical interests alongside my study. This was really important to me and helped me learn patience and time management skills.

Stevensuggestscurrent studentswork hard andtake up every opportunity offered to them.

“There is always something to be learned from any rehearsal,performanceor experience.”

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